International Workshop - Societal Impacts of Culture: A transitional Perspective
The first MESOC Workshop tooke place on-line on the 3rd and 4th of March 2021. MESOC partners presented the first outcomes of this Research and Innovation Action Project, designed to propose, test and validate an innovative and original approach to measuring the societal value and impacts of cultural policies and practices. The workshop provided the opportunity to discuss with experts and stakeholders the role of culture in urban change, as well as methodological and operational approaches relevant for social impact assessment and evaluation.
The first day of the workshop, the 3rd of March, was open to the public and was dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the different dimensions of transition enabled by cultural policies and activities within the three MESOC impact domains, i.e. 1) Health and Wellbeing, 2) Urban and Territorial Renovation and 3) People’s Engagement and Participation. International guests introduced key concepts and approaches and provided further inputs to the validation of MESOC conceptual and analytical approach. In addition, three thematic round-tables provided the chance to debate with key experts both theoretical and methodological challenges related to MESOC framework and tools.